Pembroke take Leinster pole-position

Men’s Leinster Division One:
Pembroke 3 (Tim Lewis, Adam Pritchard, Alan Sothern) Monkstown 0
Pembroke’s reclaiming of top spot hinged on a 20-second swing in the 43rd minute of their tie against Monkstown at Serpentine Avenue as the visitors caused their share of problems for the national champions. Frank Ryan’s pull-back took David Harte out of the game but, under pressure, Brian Groves miscued with the goal beckoning. Fast forward to Pembroke’s next attack and Groves was sin-binned for a frustrated-looking tackle in the 25.

From an ensuing corner, an Alan Sothern switch to pusher-out Tim Lewis (pictured, left) finally broke the deadlock of a high octane fixture. And while the Town had their moments, Pembroke’s slicker turnover play garnered two late goals for the 3-0 win.

Pembroke gave the Town goal a battering in the first half but Dave Fitzgerald was in immense form, saving spectacularly from Sothern and Andy McConnell among others. The best chance, though, almost fell to the Town when a penalty stroke was awarded only for a consultation to downgrade to a corner – the judgement was that David Harte was covering behind the defender’s foot en route to goal.

Scoreless at half-time, Lewis bravely deflected in that opener, taking a blow to the head in the process. David Harte was called on to produce a remarkable triple save from Stephen Cole, Gareth Watkins and the reinstated Groves with rising aerials in quick succession.

But when Cian Speers was sin-binned for breaking down an auto-pass, the gaps opened for Pembroke to seal the win. Andy McConnell raced down the left flank and his pull back skipped the near post to find an unmarked Adam Pritchard to dink over Fitzgerald. A third was disallowed for a push on Matt Fairweather but it was only a stay of execution as McConnell, again, intercepted on the 22, exchanged a pass with Lewis before picking out Sothern’s stick for a divine goal.

Men's Leinster Senior Div 1